Social Work student receives Indigenous scholarship

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Social Work student receives Indigenous scholarship


Nicole Watson

5 March 2013

A Mt Coolum resident starting a Master of Social Work at the University of the Sunshine Coast this semester has received a USC Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship.

Nicole Watson, 39, has been awarded the $4,000 scholarship in addition to the waiving of course fees for her study in 2013.

Ms Watson returned to USC this year after completing a Master in Education through Melbourne’s Deakin University last year. She had graduated from USC in 2010 with a Graduate Diploma in Education.

“This is a change of career for me,” said Ms Watson, who previously taught pre-prep students at St Andrew’s Anglican College at Peregian.

“I want to work in a hospital, hopefully the new one being built at Kawana. I’d like to work in mental health, helping adults and giving back to the community.”

Ms Watson said the USC scholarship would be a huge help, covering her educational expenses such as textbooks and allowing her to focus on the degree instead of juggling a job.

“I chose to study on campus again at USC because I want to meet friends who have the same interests and ambitions. It helps with networking too,” she said.

“I found my previous USC degree really good. The staff and the timetable are excellent and I’m looking forward to having that easy contact with lecturers.

“USC’s Buranga Centre (for Indigenous students) is also brilliant. It makes me feel really supported.”

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